“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation!” Habakkuk 3:18 (ESV)
My right knee has been bothering me off and on for some time. Apparently I have some arthritis in it & who knows what else. The past week or so, however, it has brought me quite a bit of consistent pain.
Pain sucks. Pain can be debilitating. It can get me down physically and emotionally. It can cloud out just about everything else. Pain can be like that …
If I let it.
And it can be tempting sometimes to let it. It can be tempting to let pain engulf me and trap me and consume my thoughts and focus. But Habakkuk teaches me “no.” Habakkuk teaches me that even in the midst of pain — even a lot of pain — I can rejoice in th Lord. Habakkuk teaches me that, without denying the reality of pain, I still have a choice. I can choose to succumb to pain, or I can choose to take joy in the God of my salvation nevertheless. I can choose still to rejoice.
Pain cannot take away the choice. Pain, in fact, presents the choice.
And so I choose not to focus on the knee that hurts (even though it still hurts, sometimes a lot). I still have many, many other body parts that work well! I am choosing today not to focus on all the things I cannot do with a hurt knee … but to focus on finding out what I can still do, even with a hurt knee.
Pain will not win. I may need to adapt … but pain will not win. I will rejoice in the Lord. I will take joy in the God of my salvation!
That is my choice. What is yours?